Peppers present some of the summer garden’s biggest flavors and brightest hues, and these striking fruits are simple to store and have a wealth of delicious uses in the kitchen. Plus, sweet and specialty peppers are among the most expensive produce at the grocery store, so growing your own can be a money-saving move.

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The secret to enjoying garden-fresh produce at its prime is knowing when to harvest. If you’ve ever eaten a melon that lacked sweetness, or green beans that were fibrous and tough, you know how crucial timing can be. Just as different vegetables have their own distinct needs for planting, fertilizing and growing, each also will give certain clues when it is ready to pick.

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Coconut Pineapple Smoothie Ice Cream



Coconut Pineapple Smoothie Ice Cream
Yield: (3) 8 ounce smoothies

1 cup coconut water
1 banana, frozen for a thicker consistency
1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple, roughly chopped into large chunks
dash of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Layer ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth and creamy. With the blender turned off, use a spatula to scrape the sides as needed. Scoop into glasses or bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Research: Foods/Spices Slow, Perhaps REVERSE Alzheimer’s



Did you know that so-called “incurable” neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed, if not also partially reversed? Regeneration, after all, is the default state of the human body

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Canning 101: Tall Jars for Asparagus, Green Beans, and More


Learn the best jars for tall or long items you will be canning.  Find great resources and photos at the link:



10 Natural Substances That Could Help Cure Type 1 Diabetes



Could the long-sought after cure for type 1 diabetes be as close as your kitchen cupboard? An accumulating body of scientific research appears to point in exactly that direction.

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Continuous Brew Kombucha



What is Kombucha?

From a previous article:

“Kombucha is a fermented sweetened tea that has been around for centuries. It is slightly tangy and slightly sweet, and a great treat on a summer day. Just as with water kefir, Kombucha can be double fermented into a fizzy soda with a slight fruit taste.